Asthma Attack

Asthma Attack

An asthma attack is a worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the constricting of muscles around your airways.

Symptoms of an asthma attack

  • Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out
  • Coughing that won’t stop
  • Very rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness or pressure
  • Tightened neck and chest muscles, called retractions
  • Difficulty talking
  • Feelings of anxiety or panicking
  • Pale, sweaty face
  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Worsening symptoms despite medicine use

Treatment for an asthma attack

  1. Give first aid
  2. Utilize an inhaler
  3. Monitor the person until help arrives